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'Miracle on the Hudson' Plane Parked in Piscataway

Historic plane will be at Johnson Park until 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Likely to cross through Mercer and Middlesex counties on way south.

Residents driving on River Road in Piscataway will be able to see the historic plane that touched down in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, as it is stopped on its way to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C.

Spectators were able to literally reach out and touch the plane, and stand face to face with its torn up underbelly, the result of a water landing executed by pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger after engine failure caused by birds.

Shawn Dorsch, president of the Carolinas Aviation Museum was escorting the plane, and said the journey began at 7 a.m. in Kearny, where it had been stored.

The plane is expected to arrive in Charlotte on June 10, around lunchtime, he said.

Once the plane arrives at the museum, it will go on display "Almost immediately,'' he said. Reassembly and restoration of the plane, which will involve reattachment of the wings, will be part of the exhibit, and will take about four months to complete, he said.

The plane is parked directly in front of the Rutgers Stadium entrance on River Road. Traffic disturbance in the area was minimal around 1 p.m. Saturday.

toni N June 04, 2011 at 07:46 PM
"Spectators were able to literally reach out and touch the plane" aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, how "TOUCHING".
NTravis June 04, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Get a life. If you don't want to read it, no one is twisting your arm or has a gun to your head. With all the BAD and HORROR in todays' world there are those of us who like to be REMINDED that GOOD THINGS DO HAPPEN!
K. ALFORD June 04, 2011 at 08:24 PM
SKULLY IS A HERO....YES, HE DID WHAT HE WAS PAID TO DO, AND HE DID IT FANTASTICALLY!! HEROES SHOULD BE REMEMBERED, WHATEVER IT TAKES TO DO SO! AMERICA LOVES A HAPPY ENDING.....HE'S NOT A GOD, BUT THE LORD SURE USED HIM THAT DAY. IN THE EYES OF THE LOVED ONES OF THOSE SAVED, HE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JOY AND PAIN.....
j h June 04, 2011 at 09:08 PM
IT IS A GOOD DAY IN THE U S A TO SEE THIS GOING ON AS WE ALL NEED TO BE HAPPY LOOKING AT IT AS ALL THE LOVE ONE S GO HOME FROM THIS
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L. Joe June 04, 2011 at 09:37 PM
I drove down River Road wondering why the traffic was slowing down near Rutgers Stadium, and then I saw the plane. HOW COOL!! That was awesome seeing the plane parked on the side of the road like that. A piece of history right before my very eyes. I'm sure it will find a happy home and lots of visitors in the museum in No. Carolina. God bless Sully! He's a real hero. :-)
Jeff June 04, 2011 at 09:51 PM
He is A hero A PSA hero
D June 04, 2011 at 10:10 PM
what kind of plane, who makes it , what made it float, when other planes do not. Are more of these planes made and are they safer than all others in water?
sina gonzalez June 04, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Of course hi is a big time hero,,,,,god keep blessing him
Oscar P. June 04, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Airline pilots are trained for just about any emergency to could come up. They are train not to panic and follow procedures for any failure. Just about any experianced compitent airline pilot could have made that landing. Capt. Sully is a great pilot with many years of experiance and a bit of luck on that day. If river traffic were different (ferry, barge or large slow boat) things could have turn out alot different. Trying to menuver that aircraft at that altitude with no engines other that stright and nose down could have produced a totally different outcome. Thank you, Capt Sully, for doing your job.
squidbilly June 04, 2011 at 11:54 PM
They all float, for a while anyway. Jet fuel is lighter than water.
Doug Shores June 05, 2011 at 12:01 AM
What a great ending to a Miracle On The Hudson! Pilot Sully was throughly trained in his job well done. He deserves the purple heart for the lives he saved. Note: He was the last person to leave the plane. He was going down with the ship. What a brave soul he is! Thank You Pilot Sully!
Aaron Rosloff August 29, 2011 at 08:24 PM
The make of the plane is not so much the answer as all commercial planes must meet strict construion standards. The reason the plane floated after settling into the water was due to the skill of the pilot, Skully, who set it down so skillfully and gently that it did minimum damage to the skin of the plane so that it took a long time for water to enter the fuselage allowing it to float until the passengers were rescued. Aaron Rosloff

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